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Re: Journal, Diary and Planner Lovers!

Hi everyone!

I tried the QR code idea and it worked out great. I generated a QR code with one of those free generators. Then I made a custom 'This Planner Belongs To' insert to fit my ringbound planner using a free design website and inserted the QR code into the page. I punched the page into my planner and I could scan the QR code from the page!
Some QR code generators use text that is embedded into the image, while others generate a webpage with your text. I'm not sure how secure the webpage ones are though.
I also made a DIY dashboard for my planner with a blank tab insert and stickers. Smiley Happy

Another idea I have is to use washi tape to identify sections of a planner or diary if it doesn't come with tabs. You could wrap the tape around the edge of the page to find stuff easily.

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What a cool thread @WheresMySquishy !!! 

 

@Bananatime04 @xXLexi_Lou122Xx how have you guys been going with bullet journalling? It looks so artistic and cool Smiley Very Happy

 

I’ve found that structured journalling isn’t for me, but I started freestyle journalling about 3 years ago and now I have lots of messy volumes full of ramblings and breakdowns and love letters and poems and little drawings and notes! My current journal is just a paper notebook I got from woolies and I wrote a quote I really like from a play called Angels in America on the front: “But still, still. Bless me anyway. I want more life. I can’t help myself, I do.” 

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That's so cool @DruidChild! Like you, I also have little volumes of journals I've filled over the years. It's so great to have a physical thing that you can look back on. Smiley Happy
I've experimented with both structured journaling and freeform journaling. Sometimes, I prefer writing long paragraphs and sometimes, I prefer writing just a sentence a day on a certain topic. I've also used a lot of journaling apps.
Your current journal sounds awesome! What a nice quote! Smiley Happy
I remember when I was younger, I used to write stories in cheap exercise books from Coles or Woolworths and decorate the covers with stickers. They weren't very durable and the paper quality wasn't great, but I loved writing in them every day.

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@WheresMySquishy So cool! I love the flexibility of your approach, mixing it up depending how you feel! Also such a lovely story, I’m glad childhood you found a way that you loved to write out your thoughts/ideas/stories! Smiley Happy

Have you found any good journalling apps? I’ve yet to find one that’s not too glitchy for me Smiley Tongue

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@DruidChild  Urgh! That's so frustrating that your apps have been glitchy! I've encountered that sometimes. So far, I've used these journaling apps:
tinythoughts (this one has prompts)
Writeaday (this one has prompts but you don't have to follow them)
Journal It! (I use this one on a daily basis but mostly for tasks, habit tracking, notes and categorising things. For example, you can use it to create a travel journal, a record of your activities, study notes etc.).
Grid Diary (this one has prompts that you can customise)
Journey (I've mostly used this one as a travel journal because it lets you see the places you've made entries at on a map).
Some calendar apps such as Jorte also have a diary feature.
I'd love to find some more though! I used to have a game on the DS as a kid that had a journal that you could decorate with stickers etc. It was great but it filled up quickly. The old Animal Crossing games also had a diary feature that you could write in. One day, we started the GameCube game up again and found entries that I had written years ago when I around 8 years old.

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This thread is awesome! 

@WheresMySquishy I've also found freestyle journalling a bit better for me too. I usually end up with a bit of a mess of a journal though Smiley Indifferent I haven't really been good at sticking to a schedule when it comes to journalling. 

 

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to be more consistent? 

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@TOM-RO  I also struggle with being consistent with journaling, especially if I have a lot of stuff going on. Sometimes, my journals just end up being rants because I would only write in them when I was in a bad mood. I've tried to do a self-isolation journal with specific prompts I've come up with to make something a bit more positive that I can look back on.
I try to schedule a specific time of the day to journal and set reminders on my phone. Some journaling apps have reminders built in. Another thing you could do is trying a different style of journaling, such as a five-minute journal, a sentence a day journal, a stream of consciousness journal or a microjournal (for example, describing the day in a few words or with your mood and the activities you did). Sometimes, I find it a bit easier to start with a prompt and then writing whatever comes to my mind afterwards.

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I love how these are different ways to practise journalling. I think I feel hesitant to 'journal' because I've always thought of it as writing out thoughts like a diary but it can really be anything. I'm a big list maker and I think I want to incorporate some lists and affirmations like you've put in these examples into journalling. I have a gratitude journal I write in each night but I've also wanted to do some journalling in the morning so these ideas are great for that!

Thanks so much for sharing!
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Since my mum went through my diary and I stopped writing, I have just made a new secret alphabet. I replaced every letter with a symbol and each symbol has a meaning so it’s easy for me to remember. I just wrote my first short paragraph with them after practicing writing each letter like over 20 times. No one will know what I’m writing now Smiley Happy

here’s the short paragraph: 

 

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That’s awesome @Bananatime04!

Can you show me what the letters are equivalent to, so I can use them too?
I’m sorry that your mum went through your diary... I hate it when random people go through things, when you haven’t given permission to do so... Heart